Australia has suffered a setback as right-arm quick James Pattinson is ruled out of the forthcoming Ashes series against England after suffering from a stress fracture. Cricket Australia issued a statement on Wednesday that Pattinson will be out of action for a long time in order to recover from injury sustained.
The 27-year old bowler had a stop start career with injuries plaguing his career since making his debut for Australia in 2011. Pattinson clearly was distraught by the fact he was really good volume of cricket leading up to the Ashes series. He said it was disappointing to miss the Ashes series being played at home. The pacer will discuss his injury with the medical team to ensure he can avoid such injuries in the future.
Pattinson did not play kind of competitive cricket since July. He did actively play a role for Nottinghamshire in English domestic season. He was not the part of the Australian squad selected for the Champions Trophy. The Victorian did get the nod to be selected for the series in Bangladesh but did not play after suffering from stress fracture.
Cricket Australia (CA) sports science manager Alex Kountouris said that James Pattinson suffered discomfort after conclusion of Champions Trophy played in June. He said that they decided to take precaution and leave Pattinson for the upcoming fixtures to measure scale of his injury. Pattinson made a return to bowling in the nets but experienced pain in the back in the process. Kountouris said that they are monitoring his progress including all the tests that has revealed that Pattinson has suffered from stress fracture in his back.
The examination meant that James Pattinson will miss the upcoming Ashes series against England. Kountouris said that it must be hard for Pattinson after suffering from lower-back stress fracture prior to the Ashes series. He said that he is confident that Pattinson would recover and be fit for competitive cricket in future. Pattinson do a history of back problems that even go back to his teenage days. Kountouris said Pattinson’s injury is complex as his spine does tend to absorb more force than normal.
The right-arm quick made a spectacular start in England domestic season and was set to be the part of four-man pace attack comprising of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood. Australia’s Head Coach Darren Lehmann said that four quick bowlers in full force to could cause problem to any side in world cricket. Since making his debut in 2011, he has only played 16 Tests for Australia and has not played for the baggy green since February 2016. Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood have been the preferred new-ball pair for Australia with Pat Cummins as first change. The three seamers will feature in the opening game of the Ashes series to be played at Gabba, Brisbane in November.
Nathan-Coulter-Nile is named as potential replacement for Pattinson as he has tremendously well in India in the recently-concluded one-day series. He could make his debut against England in the upcoming Ashes series if any one of the main fast bowler sustain an injury during the course of the series.